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K-State Slate: 4.16.14

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Women's basketball is in the news. Unfortunately.

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Getting right to the news that matters...

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<section class="s-news"><p>As briefly discussed in the comments section of yesterday's Slate, Leticia Romero, a unanimous selection to the conference All-Freshman team, has asked to be released from K-State. This is a story that could turn ugly, if Romero's accusation of 'blackmail' is anything to go by.

Meanwhile, Jeff Mittie has added another TCU assistant, Ebony Gilliam, to his staff. Gilliam, on Mittie's staff the past two years, also played at TCU from 2000-2004, helping the team to the first four NCAA appearances in school history.</p>

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<section class="s-news"><p>The men's basketball team tries to recover from a physical season.

K-State announced its year-end awards at the annual banquet. Thomas Gipson and Marcus Foster were co-MVPs for the season, and Foster was also named the top offensive player. Defensive honors went to Wesley Iwundu, while Shane Southwell was named Mr. Basketball and Will Spradling took home the Play Hard Award.</p>

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<section class="s-news"><p>The BatCats just cannot catch a break, or much of anything else. Despite an early lead, K-State dropped the game against Nebraska 14-5, giving up a flurry of runs late in the game. The team is now dead last in the conference, and there are few chances left to turn it around.

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<section class="s-news"><p>Kellis Robinett reports that the offensive line is looking to plug some gaps this spring, with the departure of tackles Cornelius Lucas and Tavon Rooks. The "offense is on the decline" does not inspire confidence, especially as this is only spring ball. Too early to panic? You tell me.

Competition is well under way for the running backs hoping to take over where John Hubert left off. Right now, DeMarcus Robinson, Charles Jones and Jarvis Leverett appear to be in a dead heat.</p>

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<section class="s-news"><p>Senior Day for the K-State tennis team is coming up this weekend, and the Cats will look to beat KU in the Sunflower Showdown to end the spring season on a high note.

Just prior to the matches, two-time All-American Petra Niedermayerova will be honored for her stellar career. She set records for career wins in singles and doubles and single season wins in singles and doubles. She is the first ever K-State player to reach 100 wins in singles competition.</p>

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<section class="s-news"><p>The 2014 schedule for K-State volleyball has been announced. The Cats open conference play with Baylor and will close out the schedule with West Virginia, both at home at Ahearn Field House. The non-conference schedule is also available. Season tickets are currently on sale.</p>

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<section class="s-news"><p>The SBNation Longform tackles Hawaii's Banzai pipeline: The Deadliest Wave. (The graphics on this article are gorgeous, so even if you don't care about surfing, you should totally read it!)</p>

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